Playing tennis is a great form of exercise. It’s a full body workout: running across the court uses leg muscles; your core is engaged keeping your balance; and you use power from your arm muscles to hit the ball. As a non-contact sport, it’s relatively low-impact and improves your flexibility, coordination and agility – all while being good for your heart.
So, what’s the downside? Overall there isn’t one, but tennis – just like any sport – can cause injuries. Here are some of the most common tennis injuries, and how you can avoid pain from them.
So famous they called it tennis, tennis elbow is another injury linked to repetitive motion. Although commonly caused by playing tennis, it’s an injury that can occur from any type of overuse or repeated actions of the muscles in the forearm that are attached to the elbow and used to strengthen the wrist.
Due to the repetitive nature of some tennis shots, particularly overarm serving, shoulder injuries are commonplace. To help prevent injuries and shoulder pain, always warm up and warm down before and after playing. This helps to build strength in your rotator cuff muscles and stabilise your shoulder joints.
A common knee problem for regular tennis players is a condition named patellar tendonitis (also called jumper’s knee). It’s a gradual tearing of the patellar tendon that holds the kneecap in place, which happens when put under a lot of strain from running and jumping to hit the ball.
Muscle strains around the hip and groin area are common in a sport that requires quick, sharp turns of direction and sudden bursts of speed.
Calf muscle strain, sometimes called tennis leg, is a sharp shooting pain that can occur as the result of a quick motion, for example during a sprint.
Pain from all of the injuries listed above can be treated with BioWaveGO. If pain lingers after playing, use BioWaveGO’s electric wave technology to block pain at the nerve. Just one half hour treatment can relieve tennis-related pain for up to eight hours.